Call for Papers: Working Materials and Materials at Work in Medieval Art and Architecture

25th Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium, Courtauld Institute of Art, London, 7 February 2020

Deadline: 22 November 2019

Materials mattered in the Middle Ages. Only with the right materials could artists produce works of art of the highest quality, from jewel-encrusted crosses, gilded and enamelled chalices and ivory plaques to large-scale tapestries, wooden stave churches and stone cathedrals. This conference seeks to explore the qualities and properties of materials for the people who sourced, crafted and used them.

A critical examination of the physical aspect of materials, including stone, wood, metal, jewels, and textiles, can lead art historians to a deeper understanding of objects and their context. Medieval materials did not function as frictionless vehicles for immaterial meaning: materials, their sourcing, trade and manufacture all contributed to the reception and value of the object. In the vein of scholars like Michael Baxandall (The Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany, 1980) and more recently Paul Binski (Gothic Sculpture, 2019), this conference asks participants to ground their papers in the messy realities of crafting materials, and to situate the object and its materials within a network of social, political and economic factors.

The Courtauld Institute of Art’s 25th Annual Medieval Postgraduate Colloquium invites speakers to build out from the object and consider the ways in which physical materials were used, manipulated and interpreted by craftspeople, patrons and audiences throughout the medieval world (understood in its broadest geographical and chronological terms). The colloquium encourages contributions from a range of backgrounds including but not limited to the art historical, technical, scientific and economic.

For full details, see the conference webpage:

Call for Papers: Byzantium – Bridge Between Worlds: 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies

Istanbul, Turkey, 23-28 August 2021

Deadline: 15 April 2020

Due to its remarkably long duration, territorial expanse, geographical situation and complex cultural traditions, Byzantium acted as a temporal and spatial bridge connecting different periods, geographical areas, and cultures. Byzantium acted as a transition between ancient, medieval and early modern worlds around the Mediterranean basin, Eurasia and the Near East through reception, appropriation, and innovation. It connected different geographical and cultural spaces through political, economic, material, and cultural networks in many of which it constituted an important node. Centering on the key theme of “Byzantium – Bridge between Worlds,” the 24th International Congress of Byzantine Studies aims to explore this connecting and mediatory role of Byzantium. It also hopes to initiate proposals on bridging interdisciplinary gaps within Byzantine studies and strengthening dialogue with other with other relevant fields.

The Call for Free Communication, Poster and VR Sessions is now open.

The last submission date is 15 April 2020. Each abstract must be no longer than 300 words. Abstracts should be in the same language as that of the paper to be presented during the session. The working languages of the Congress are English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Russian and Turkish. The participants shall present papers of no longer than 15 minutes each.

Conveners and speakers can participate in no more than 2 sessions during the Congress (including round tables, poster/VR sessions, and thematic free communication/free communication sessions, but excluding plenary sessions).

To submit an abstract, see here.

The abstracts will be included in the program only after the registration payment. 3 April 2021 is the last date for registration payment. For registration please follow this link.

Job: Faculty position for Liturgical Theology

St Vladimir’s Seminary, New York, USA

Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, founded in 1938 and dedicated to student learning, research, and community life, invites distinguished candidates to apply for a faculty position for Liturgical Theology. We seek an assistant, associate, or full professor.

Along with its primary mission to educate future clergy for all Orthodox Christian jurisdictions in North America and beyond—exemplified through the pan-Orthodox vision of one of the school’s first deans, Father Georges Florovsky—St Vladimir’s Seminary has set ambitious benchmarks for research excellence and academic productivity. The relatively small faculty has an excellent track record of research awards and publications with leading university presses and journals, and the new professor of Liturgical Theology will be expected to contribute and improve upon this strength. Candidates should possess a reasonable publication record, according to their respective academic career thus far, and an ambitious research agenda commensurate with the rank at which they are hired.

The standard teaching load is two classes every semester. Successful candidates will teach a range of subjects at graduate level for the Seminary’s various degree programs: MDiv, MA, ThM, and DMin. As one who will occupy one of the Seminary’s most prominent faculty positions—following in the footsteps of Fr Alexander Schmemann, among others—the candidate will be asked to stimulate research within the faculty, effectively represent the Seminary to outside constituencies, and strengthen recruitment efforts for our programs, in addition to teaching assigned courses and playing a vital role in the day-to-day academic administration of the institution. A record of professional leadership in the candidate’s field is desirable.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to the Orthodox mission, especially Apologetics, in North America and beyond. Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary is one the most famous Orthodox theological institutions for higher education in the English-speaking world. Located in Yonkers, NY, the Seminary is a part of the New York Theological Consortium (Fordham University, General Theological Seminary, et al.), and is on its way to becoming an Accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) center.

All applications must be emailed to and include a

· cover letter
· curriculum vitae
· statement of research agenda
· two syllabi
· contact information for three letters of reference.

Questions about this position should be directed to the Academic Dean: Dr Alex Tudorie, St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, 575 Scarsdale Rd, Yonkers, NY 10707. Contact email:

Course: Crash-course in Greek Paleography

Ghent University, Belgium, 3-4 February 2020

Deadline: 15 January 2020

The Greek department of Ghent University offers a two-day course in Greek paleography in collaboration with the Research School OIKOS. The course is intended for (advanced) students and PhDs in Classics, Ancient History and Ancient Civilizations with a good command of Greek. It offers an intensive introduction into Greek paleography from the Hellenistic period until the end of the Middle Ages and is specifically aimed at acquiring practical skills to read literary and documentary papyri and literary manuscripts from the originals.

Six lectures will give a chronological overview of the development of Greek handwriting, each followed by a practice session reading relevant extracts from papyri and manuscripts in smaller groups under supervision. The first day (Monday) will focus on documentary and literary papyri and we will be working with original papyri from the papyrus collection of the Ghent University Library. The second day (Tuesday) we will continue with literary manuscripts.

The study load is the equivalent of 2 ECTS (2×28 hours). Participants will be asked to read up on secondary literature in preparation for the seminar, see below. Extra material will be handed out during the course in order to continue to practice and improve your reading skills after the course.

Dinner (Monday) and lunch (Tuesday) will be provided. Travel costs and/or accommodation are at your own expense.

For registration and further questions contact Joanne Stolk (

Call for Papers: Byzantine Book Epigrams and Online Text Collections

Ghent University, Belgium, 24-25 June 2020

Deadline: 15 November 2019

Since 2010, the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams team have been growing an online corpus of metrical paratexts, several of which were previously unpublished or unknown altogether, and made them freely available to the scholarly community.

A new version of our database was launched in June 2019. Exactly one year later, we are organising a two-day conference. Together with anyone interested in this particular genre of Byzantine poetry, we want to celebrate and reflect on what we have achieved so far and look ahead at what is yet to come. Moreover, we want to stimulate communication and collaboration with other projects that are growing online corpora of texts.

You can partake in two different types of sessions:

In our demo sessions you can present your project and discuss your experiences in growing your online corpus (10-15 minutes). We are confident this will lead to a lively discussion on challenges we all face, such as data presentation, interoperability, and sustainability.

In our thematic sessions you can present your research on Byzantine book epigrams (20 minutes). Possible topics include:

· editing book epigrams;
· theoretical reflections on the concept of book epigrams and other metrical paratexts;
· book epigrams as a way to study the history of manuscripts;
· visual aspects of book epigrams;
· literary texts that function (or may have functioned) as book epigrams;
· metre and language of book epigrams;
· book epigrams in languages other than Greek.

We especially welcome contributions inspired by the Database of Byzantine Book Epigrams.

Confirmed speakers include Georgi Parpulov (University of Birmingham) and Andreas Rhoby (Austrian Academy of Sciences). Send us an abstract (up to 300 words, PDF) by 15 November 2019 (, subject ‘Growing Corpora – abstract’) and we will get back to you early December.

Note that we want our conference to reflect who we are as a team: welcoming and inclusive. Costs will be kept to a minimum and we are working hard to secure funding to support anyone for whom traveling might not be evident, including early career or independent scholars and carers of young children.

For any further information, please visit our conference website.

Fellowship: Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme, 2020

Deadline: 27 November 2019

This programme aims to support suitably qualified applicants in any discipline to pursue a postdoctoral fellowship at an eligible higher education institution in Ireland. Fellows will hold a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship. These fellowships can be held for either one or two years.

Eligibility: an applicant must have either graduated or have been certified as having fulfilled all the requirements for the award of a doctoral degree, including the submission of the hardbound corrected thesis, within the five-year period between 31 May 2015 and 31 May 2020.

Salary and benefits:

· a salary of €31,275 per annum
· employer’s PRSI contribution of €3,425 per annum (10.95% of salary)
· employer’s pension contribution, where applicable, of €6,255 per annum (20% of salary)
· eligible direct research expenses of €5,000 per annum

To apply, all participants must create and submit their forms via the online system.

Call for Papers: Women Intellectuals in Antiquity

Keble College, Oxford, 15-16 February 2020

Deadline: 15 November 2019

Aspasia, Hypatia, Sappho, Lucretia, Cleopatra, Diotima, Lavinia, Monica, Hecuba, Macrina, Radegund: the names of women intellectuals and the whispers of their powerful influence on philosophy, politics, literature, and education are scattered through the ancient evidence.Who were these women teachers and philosophers, thought-leaders and theorists of Antiquity? Beyond how they are presented and used by male authors, how might their own thoughts and voices be fossilized within these ancient texts and other artefacts– and what methodological tools do we need to develop in order to excavate them? What can be recovered of the distinctive ideas and methods these women contributed to philosophy, literature, theology, or politics?

This Symposium aims to bring together scholars from across the humanities disciplines to discuss women intellectuals in Antiquity. In addition to paper sessions, it will feature two round-table discussions led by Peter Adamson ( and Armand D’Angour ( The Symposium will provide a forum for further discussion complementing the Carlyle Philosophy Lecture series which will be given in Oxford throughout Hilary Term by Professor Peter Adamson.

You are invited to send proposals (c. 350 words) for papers of 30 minutes to no later than 15 November 2019. Textual case studies on individual women intellectuals in Antiquity (through the 7th century C.E.) are welcome, as well as papers addressing the methodological question more broadly. ‘Women intellectuals’ may be interpreted broadly and can include figures from literature as well as history, but the focus of the paper should be on the distinctive intellectual contributions, or method of engaging in intellectual pursuits demonstrated by the woman in question.

Select papers will be featured on a special edition of the History of Philosophy podcast.

Call for Papers: Christian Russia in the Making

A conference in memory of Professor Andrzej Poppe

Warsaw, Poland, 30 January–1 February 2020

Deadline: 30 November 2019

We invite participation first in a series of conferences on ‘The World of the Slavs: Forgotten Meeting Place of Different Cultures’ from researchers interested in the following topics, which bear on the issues and methodology of Andrzej Poppe’s work:

• History of the church in Rus
• Culture and politics of Rus and relations with other parts of the Christian world
• Source studies of Cyrillic texts
• Archaeology and material culture in the history of Rus
• Auxiliary disciplines of history in the broadest sense (paleography, epigraphy, architectural history, iconography, sphragistics, numismatics, historical geography, etc.)
• Settlement studies (the nature and formation of towns and patterns of settlement in Central and Eastern Europe)
• History of Slavic studies

Conference applications with abstracts should be submitted by 30 November 2019 to the following address: The conference languages will be Polish, Russian and English. The organizers will provide accommodation.

For further information:

Grant: Andrew W. Mellon Short-Term Postdoctoral Research Grant in Byzantine Studies

Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: 15 January 2020

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University is pleased to announce one short-term postdoctoral research grant in the field of Byzantine studies for Turkish citizens and foreign scholars holding academic positions in Turkey. The aim of the grant is to sponsor the expenses of the successful candidate for travel within or outside Turkey for research in 2020. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the grant offers up to $2,500 for the abovementioned expenses to be spent in 2020.

Candidates with a PhD degree in Byzantine studies should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University before 15 January 2020. The application file should be in English and include a research project proposal with a time line (up to 1,000 words), an expected budget for expenses, a CV and list of publications, a sample of written work, and two letters of recommendation.

For full details, see

Fellowship: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Byzantine Studies

Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: 15 December 2019

The Byzantine Studies Research Center at Bogazici University, Istanbul, invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the fields of Byzantine history, art history, and archaeology. Conceived in the framework of expanding the scholarly activities of the Byzantine Studies Research Center, the nine-month position is expected to start in September 2020. The successful candidate must devote the entire Fellowship period to his/her research and may not accept any other job or teaching obligation during this period. The recipient of the Fellowship will be expected to spend the research period in Istanbul except for short research-related trips, and to participate in and contribute to the activities of the Byzantine Studies Research Center.

The Fellowship is made possible by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and consists of a monthly stipend of $2,000 net for nine months.

Candidates with a PhD degree in a relevant field and excellent command of English should submit their application to the Byzantine Studies Research Center before 15 December 2019. The application file should include a cover letter, a detailed research project proposal, a CV and list of publications, a sample of written work, and two letters of recommendation. The project proposal must comprise the following: title, summary (up to 100 words), complete proposal (up to 1,000 words), work plan, and select bibliography.

For full details, see